Kimberly Phinney

Cambridge Christian School
Tampa, FL
Kimberly Phinney is an award-winning AP English teacher, advocate, writer, and photographer. She has dedicated her life to the arts, literacy, and mental health causes in underserved communities and others. She was awarded the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award in 2020 and the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction in 2021. She was recently named a recipient of Marquis Who's Who in America in 2022. Kimberly earned her bachelor's from the top-ranked College of Education teacher's honors program at the University of South Florida and was named Outstanding Senior for the College of Education. She was also a finalist for USF’s Outstanding Senior Award 2006. She earned her M.Ed. from Liberty University in English and studied at Goddard’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Her writing has been published in Ruminate, Ekstasis, The Dewdrop, Calla Press, and The Write Launch, among others. She is also a poetry editor with Agape Review. After almost dying from a severe illness in 2021, she’s now earning her doctorate in community care and counseling to help the marginalized and suffering. She is also the founder of The Way Back to Ourselves, an authentic Christian community, literary journal, and podcast at
Grants Awarded in 2022: NSHSS Educator of the Year Awards

The Educator of the Year Awards are presented annually to exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life. These awardees model best practices in teaching or administration inside and outside of the classroom, are peer role models, and demonstrate outstanding leadership and excellence in education. Any NSHSS Educator teaching high school has the opportunity to apply.